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Governor Scott Walker Approves Scope Statements Relating to Entitlement Reform

Allows state agencies to begin implementation of drug testing requirement

By - Sep 8th, 2015 03:06 pm

Governor Scott Walker today approved scope statements submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF), which is the first step in implementing drug testing of able-bodied adults seeking certain welfare benefits.

“In speaking to employers across the state, I frequently hear there are jobs available in high-demand fields such as manufacturing, but they require their workers to be drug-free,” Governor Scott Walker said.  “Our 2015-17 Budget puts in place drug screening, testing, and treatment mechanisms that strengthen Wisconsin’s workforce, so individuals seeking public assistance benefits in work-based programs are better prepared and qualified to work.  This entitlement reform will help more people move from government dependence to true independence.”

Scope statements are the first step in the process in which each agency will work to develop and implement drug screening and testing for certain applicants for unemployment benefits as well as for able-bodied adults seeking benefits and/or training through FoodShare, Transform Milwaukee, Transitional Jobs, noncustodial parents on the W-2 program, and Children First*.  Under the plan, individuals who test positive for a controlled substance without a prescription would be eligible for a drug treatment plan.

*Children First scope statement will be filed separately.

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2 thoughts on “Governor Scott Walker Approves Scope Statements Relating to Entitlement Reform”

  1. Barb- West Bend says:

    “In speaking to employers across the state, I frequently hear there are jobs available in high demand fields such as manufacturing, but they require their workers to be drug free.” Walker

    Here we go again…because some employers in high demand fields (could you provide us a list of those employers) demand applicants for those jobs to be drug tested you want the poorest people to be drug tested to get food stamps? Unemployment benefits? Does Walmart management drug test their sales associates applicants? Do farmers drug test their hired help? Do legislators have to be drug tested (alcohol is a drug) to serve? Do those business owners who get millions of hardworking Wisconsin taxpayers dollars through WEDC go through drug testing before they are given their subsidies? We know that they aren’t vetted on their background or financial stability. And, we learned through open records, that WEDC gave money to a business that then shipped jobs to Mexico. Have you no sense of shame? WEDC is your baby. Why is your administration trying to keep Wisconsinites in the dark when it comes to public records? If you are unintimidated why do you want our ‘public records’ law changed? Do you believe the public has the right to know? Or do you have the same regard toward the average citizen as your fellow Republicans who see citizens as the “herd?”

    You are a divider. You can’t unite Wisconsinites as you have spent your time in office dividing us. The word compromise is not in your vocabulary. You are unintimidated by legitimate protest because you are, IMO, a demagogue.

  2. David says:

    Another repulsive and disgusting Walker program that squanders taxpayer money and rewards some testing company. A complete waste of money and serves absolutely no purpose but intrude and unnecessarily invade peoples’ bodies. Other invasive programs like this around the country have shown few positives in the drug testing population compared to the population at large. It makes ignorant fools and cowards like Walker and his repulsive ilk feed good to bash people in need of food to stay alive.

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